Koji Uehara was in close-to-prime form in his age-40 season, converting 25 of 27 save opportunities with a 2.23 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. He was really hitting his stride after the All-Star break, but his season was cut short when a comebacker fractured his wrist in early August. Uehara will come back for one more year with the Red Sox, though not as their closer. Instead, he will set up for Craig Kimbrel, rendering him useful only in leagues that reward holds.
Uehara (wrist) is now expected to open 2016 in a setup role, with the Red Sox acquiring Craig Kimbrel from the Padres on Friday. The Red Sox solidified the back end of the bullpen with the trade for Kimbrel, who will undoubtedly relegate Uehara to setup duties upon his arrival. While Uehara posted a 2.23 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 10.5 K/9 last season, he lost another mph on his fastball and will be 41 years old come Opening Day. Further, Uehara suffered a season-ending injury to his right wrist in August, though he's been throwing for more than a month and there has been no indication that he will miss the start of 2016.
Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara (wrist) played long toss in the outfield before Thursday's game, the Boston Globe reports. Uehara also threw some breaking balls from 60 feet and said afterward he felt fine.
Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara (wrist) threw for the first time Sunday and again Monday since suffering a broken wrist, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports. Uehara has been on the disabled list since early August, but he's finally reached the point of playing light catch. He still has a long way to go, but the veteran should be available for the beginning of the 2016 season.
The Red Sox announced that closer Koji Uehara suffered a non-displaced distal radius fracture in his right wrist. He will miss the remainder of the 2015 season, with the expectation of being ready for the start of 2016. Of the 27 saves the Red Sox have recorded this season, Uehara has 25 of them. Manager John Farrell has said that Junichi Tazawa and Jean Machi would be his primary options for save opportunities going forward, according to the Boston Herald.
The Red Sox are expected to place closer Koji Uehara on the disabled list on Monday, according to The Boston Globe. Uehara was injured after taking a comebacker off of his arm in the final play of Friday's win over the Tigers. He has not pitched since, and he was sent back to Boston to get his arm examined. The team has not officially made the move, and a corresponding roster move will have to be made.